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July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

July 30, 2014

Guy Scott, whose parents were born in Scotland, said it was an 'unreasonable expectation' for Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality

Zambia’s Vice-President has used the Commonwealth Games to attack same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Dr Guy Scott, who was born in the Zambian city of Livingstone to Scottish parents, has travelled to Glasgow to attend this year’s sporting event.

With his family coming from a country that legalized same-sex marriage in March, and him leading a country that punishes homosexuality with jail, he was asked about his views.

Speaking to STV, Scott said it was ‘not right’ for the UK to expect Zambia to decriminalize homosexuality.

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.

July 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

July 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 25, 2014

Lyrics in his songs include: 'Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man’

A Ugandan rapper that wants to ‘shoot all the battymen’ will be performing in the UK.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’.

He has a reality show in his country with a comparable popularity to something like the Kardashians, focusing on his music career and life with his three wives.

He is scheduled to appear alongside drama and music troupe, The Ebonies, in London and Birmingham on 10, 11, 23 and 24 August.

July 24, 2014

Fidel Castro's niece is well known for her support of the LGBTI community. She was believed to have been on the missing Air Algerie AH5017 flight

Gay rights champion Mariela Castro is alive after she was rumored to be aboard the missing Air Algerie plane.

Ouagadougou Airport claimed the advocate, the niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was among the 110 passengers on board.

In a statement, it said: ‘Among the passengers of VOL AH5017, there were two EU civil servants of French nationality based in Ouagadougou and Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader.’

But on Telesur TV, a Latin American channel, Castro went on air to say she was alive and well.

July 24, 2014

Do relationship counselors know quickly when a couple are likely to stay together or split up? And what do they consider to be the warning signs that a couple are in trouble?

Relationship problems are nothing new for same-sex couples, but with more and more countries legalizing gay marriage, and an increasing number of LGBT people choosing to become parents, the practicalities of ending a relationship can be more complicated and the consequences more far-reaching.

July 23, 2014

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community have held a gay pride parade online in Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn to celebrate marriage equality coming to the game’s fictional world of Eorzea

In what must be a first for Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming, players in Final Fantasy XVI have held an LGBTI Pixel Pride March.

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community dressed their characters in the colors of the gay pride flag and marched in color formations through the virtual world of Eorzea on 19 July.

The event was held to celebrate the June announcement that players will be able to have same-sex relationships and marry characters of the same-sex in the reboot of the game Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

July 21, 2014

Gay Olympic diver has his fans terrified after his plane dumps its fuel and makes an emergency landing in a Russian city

Olympic gay diver Tom Daley is in Russia after his plane landed there in an emergency.

The 20-year-old Brit landed in Irkutsk, a southeastern city close to the borders of Mongolia.

The athlete snapped a picture of the plane dumping its fuel shortly before it landed on the runway.

While it is impossible to speculate why the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, fuel dumps sometimes occur if the pilot suspects a fire.

Dumping the fuel can also be done to reduce weight.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 18, 2014

After the major of Salem in the USA banned an anti-gay school from using the town hall, she was flooded with anti-LGBTI phone calls

The mayor of Salem has an answer to the anti-gay campaigners bombarding her with telephone calls.

For every person who calls to make offensive anti-LGBTI comments, she will donate $5 (€3.70) to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (nAGLY).

Problems started for Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, Massachusetts, US, when she learned about local Christian school, Gordon College, wanting the legal right to discriminate against gay applicants.

Her response – to end the school’s use of her town hall.

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 16, 2014

The preliminary results of the Out on the Fields survey into homophobia in sports for Australia has found that 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced homophobia in a sporting context - as have many straight people

The researchers behind the Out on the Fields study into homophobia and sports have announced their findings for Australia as Australia prepares to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby in Sydney next month.

Nearly 2,500 Australians have taken part in the study so far and the preliminary findings have been compiled by sports market research firm Repucom, which is conducting the research pro bono.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

July 12, 2014

British journalist Michael Parkinson's interview with Thorpe will air on Sunday night, 13 July, on Australian television

In a soon to be aired television conversation, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe will disclose he's gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the winner of nine Olympic medals (five gold) will make the confession in an interview with British  journalist Michael Parkinson.